Duff Kerrigan
Created by Jim Ingraham

Portland, Maine's DUFF KERRIGAN is a big guy, an ex-Marine, and ex-cop who left the force after turning in his sergeant for taking a bribe from drug dealers. He's a college educated guy who still has friends on the force, with whom he maintains a good working relationship. He'll get physical if the situation calls for it but he doesn't go out of his way to be a tough guy. He's got a good sense of humor, and isn't afraid to use it. He'll have an occasional beer but he never gets drunk and doesn't smoke. He owns a Beretta but hasn't used it, at least not yet. People who deal with him have a lot of respect for him and how he handles his job. Duff always seems to be solving problems for women, but doesn't fall in love with every one he meets. He lives in a loft over a ship's chandlery on a commercial wharf in Portland, Maine. He inherited the building, plus a mortgage, from his father, a former police captain who was murdered in the line of duty.

In "Prisoner of Guilt" he's hired by an old flame to help a victimized woman avoid further trauma at the hands of her attacker who has just been released from prison. The case brings him to his father's former partner, now retired, and brings back memories of both families and how close they once were. In a story full of Kerrigan's personal history, it never bogs down in personal introspection. Let's hope we see more of Duff, and his Portland stomping grounds.

Jim Ingraham is a retired college professor born and raised in Portland, Maine and went off to war from there. In fact, as a teenager the area where Duff lives was his paper route. He still has family in Maine that he visits as often as he can. Jim's married and has two great children, all of them living now in Florida. He is currently at work on a Duff Kerrigan novel, but admits that he writes slowly and has no idea when it will be completed.

STRAIGHT FROM THE AUTHOR'S MOUTH

SHORT STORIES

Report respectfully perpetrated by Dale Stoyer.


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